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petegz28
07-15-2010, 01:45 PM
Just crossed the wires

No oil is leaking from BP's blown-out Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since late April, a company executive said on Thursday.

Kent Wells, BP's [BP 38.8983 2.7183 (+7.51%)] senior vice president of exploration and production, told reporters a new cap had completely shut in the flow while the company conducts a critical pressure test on the stricken well.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/38266633

vailpass
07-15-2010, 01:46 PM
Did they finally manage to wedge michelle obama's ass into the hole?

blaise
07-15-2010, 01:47 PM
Finally, we can move forward and shift from blaming BP for the leak to crediting Obama for stopping it.

jjjayb
07-15-2010, 01:48 PM
They put a wedding ring on it and it stopped putting out. :evil:

ClevelandBronco
07-15-2010, 01:49 PM
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GULF_OIL_SPILL?SITE=SCAND&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

BP says no more oil going into Gulf
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP says oil has stopped leaking into the Gulf for the first time since April.

BP has been slowly dialing down the flow as part of a test on a new cap. Engineers are now monitoring the pressure to see if the busted well holds.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP engineers were back to the slow work of trying to choke the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher Thursday with an untested cap, slowly dialing down the flow.

The latest step - just like other developments in the monthslong environmental crisis will take several hours to complete. If it works, BP believes no oil will be leaking into the water for the first time.

Engineers got to work after replacing a leaky pipe. Kent Wells, a BP PLC vice president, said at a news briefing in Houston that the leak was found on the side of the towering, 75-ton capping stack and it was fixed by replacing the assembly, called a "choke line."

The work sent the oil giant back to restarting preparations for testing whether the cap can stop the oil without blowing a new leak in the well. If it works, the cap will be a temporary fix until BP can drill into the gusher to plug it for good from underground, where the seal will hold better.

"Bear with us," Wells said.

With the disaster nearly three months old, the man in charge of the $20 billion fund set up by BP to pay individuals and business for their losses said it will start making payments in early August.

Ken Feinberg, who was in charge of the compensation paid to families of victims in the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, told a meeting of government officials in Louisiana that he expected a seamless transition from BP management of claims to his administration.

On the Gulf seabed, the leak was discovered after two of the three valves on the cap that can open or shut the device had been closed, bringing BP and government scientists, who are also watching, tantalizingly close to starting a 48-hour test of how the well and cap withstand the pressure.

Wells had warned that the process of getting ready and then choking the oil a mile below the sea, at a depth only submarine robots can reach, consisted of many precise, individual steps.

"Any one of these steps can take longer than anticipated," Wells said Wednesday, before the leak disrupted work.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the Obama administration's point man on the disaster, said at a briefing it's not clear yet whether the cap, which was mounted on the well Monday, will ultimately be used to shut in the oil or to channel it through pipes to collection ships overhead.

"I have a high degree of confidence we can substantially decrease the oil coming into the environment," Allen said.

The cap remains a temporary fix, he said, until one of two relief wells BP is drilling can reach the gusher underground and plug it permanently with heavy drilling mud and cement.

"Make no mistake, the number one goal is to kill the well ... to stop it at the source," he said.

The test will involve closing off all three openings in the cap to the Gulf, in theory stopping the oil leaking into the Gulf. BP will be monitoring pressure under the cap. High pressure is good, because it shows there's only a single leak. Low pressure, below 6,000 pounds per square inch or so, could mean more leaks farther down in the well.

BP expects to keep the oil trapped in the cap for 48 hours before it decides if the approach is working.

With the leaking pipe replaced, BP had to start from a few steps back to resume preparations for the test.

Preparations included letting more oil pour out of the cap temporarily and turning off a pipe that had been sending some of the oil to a collection ship, so that the full force of all the erupting crude would go into the cap. Engineers also had to recheck equipment and move undersea robots that perform the work back into position.

Wells was hesitant to give a firm timeframe for when the test could start, but expected it to be Thursday.

"We're going to keep moving forward with this," Wells said.

Allen said a committee of scientists and engineers will monitor the results and assess every six hours, and end the test after 48 hours to evaluate the findings.

"I was gung-ho for this test and I remain gung-ho for this test," he said Wednesday.

If the cap works, it will enable BP to stop the oil from gushing into the sea, either by holding all the oil inside the well machinery like a stopper or, if the pressure is too great, channeling some through lines to as many as four collection ships.

Allen said the testing will also help prepare for the hoped-for permanent fix by the relief wells. The mapping of the sea floor that was done to prepare for the cap test and the pressure readings will also help them determine how much mud and cement will be needed to seal off the well underground.

Drill work was stopped on one relief well because it was not clear what effect the testing of the cap could have on it. Work on the other relief well had already been stopped according to plan.

The government estimates 1.5 million to 2.5 million gallons are leaking every day.

As of Thursday, the 86th day of the disaster, between 93.5 million and 184.3 million gallons of oil had spewed into the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon rig leased by BP exploded April 20, killing 11 workers.

blaise
07-15-2010, 01:49 PM
Now if they can just stop the ESPYs show from spewing unfunny garbage every year, we'll be doing ok.

Guru
07-15-2010, 01:59 PM
Great, now we will get to hear how Obama "getting involved" (way too late in the game) solved the problem. You know, everything he touches turns to gold and all. I'm sure he will be on TV soon to take credit for it.

blaise
07-15-2010, 02:00 PM
Great, now we will get to hear how Obama "getting involved" (way too late in the game) solved the problem. You know, everything he touches turns to gold and all.

I think we'll be hearing, "We stopped the oil leak." fairly soon from Washington.

petegz28
07-15-2010, 02:01 PM
I think we'll be hearing, "We stopped the oil leak." fairly soon from Washington.

Of course. It was all Obama. His 3 vacations during the spill is what did it.

ClevelandBronco
07-15-2010, 02:02 PM
Great, now we will get to hear how Obama "getting involved" (way too late in the game) solved the problem. You know, everything he touches turns to gold and all. I'm sure he will be on TV soon to take credit for it.

That will be difficult to stomach, but it's preferable to the oil continuing to leak until after November of 2012.

Donger
07-15-2010, 02:03 PM
I think we'll be hearing, "We stopped the oil leak." fairly soon from Washington.

Didn't you know that we have a DOE secretary that has a Nobel prize?

mlyonsd
07-15-2010, 02:05 PM
Everyone that was afraid of getting their a** kicked can now stand down.

Guru
07-15-2010, 02:06 PM
That will be difficult to stomach, but it's preferable to the oil continuing to leak until after November of 2012.
You mean December right?;)

I agree. I am glad they finally stopped the damn thing. I just don't want to hear Obama trying to take some sort of credit for it.

petegz28
07-15-2010, 02:09 PM
Let us give Obama credit. He handled this crisis with the nimbleness and dexterity of an inexperienced auto-mechanic performing heart surgery on a mouse.

healthpellets
07-15-2010, 02:09 PM
Of course. It was all Obama. His 3 vacations during the spill is what did it.

stop. you're not helping your cause.

blaise
07-15-2010, 02:11 PM
Everyone that was afraid of getting their a** kicked can now stand down.

Don't worry, there's still plenty of ass for him to kick out in Arizona.

Hydrae
07-15-2010, 02:18 PM
Excellent news any way you slice it! :thumb:

blaise
07-15-2010, 02:23 PM
Excellent news any way you slice it! :thumb:

Yes, it is good news.

CoMoChief
07-15-2010, 03:19 PM
AWESOME!!!!!! Now we can thank BO for stepping in and taking credit.

The Mad Crapper
07-15-2010, 05:05 PM
Finally, we can move forward and shift from blaming BP for the leak to crediting Obama for stopping it.

ROFL

penchief
07-15-2010, 05:13 PM
Fantastic news. Relief at last. Now let's get it cleaned up and do what's needed to ensure that the greatest precaution is taken at all times in the future.

Environmental precaution > greed.

The Mad Crapper
07-15-2010, 05:15 PM
All hail the boy king!

AndChiefs
07-15-2010, 05:38 PM
Finally, we can move forward and shift from blaming BP and Bush for the leak to crediting Obama for stopping it.

FYP

Pioli Zombie
07-15-2010, 07:14 PM
BP you are my heroes. You only dumped 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Great job.

mlyonsd
07-15-2010, 07:43 PM
Fantastic news. Relief at last. Now let's get it cleaned up and do what's needed to ensure that the greatest precaution is taken at all times in the future.

Environmental precaution > greed.

It depends on what you mean by greatest precaution.

I'd define what we're doing with Anwar as greatest precaution.

teedubya
07-15-2010, 08:45 PM
BP you are my heroes. You only dumped 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Great job.

And only 100 million gallons of Corexit and about 100 million gallons of Methane... woo hoo.

BillSelfsTrophycase
07-15-2010, 10:04 PM
AWESOME!!!!!! Now we can thank BO for stepping in and taking credit.

Don't worry, Dear Leader have an interview to explain which ass he had to kick soon enough

Ebolapox
07-15-2010, 10:09 PM
well, it's a start.

teedubya
07-15-2010, 10:55 PM
YES!!!

http://aufc.3cdn.net/6e0b5149d203d0c8a5_ovm6i6d2d.jpg

WoodDraw
07-15-2010, 11:51 PM
Mission accomplished, indeed. Especially since pretty much no one expects this to actually work. They've closed the well to get pressure readings, and will likely reopen it within the next few days and go back to containment.

FishingRod
07-16-2010, 12:02 PM
Didn't you know that we have a DOE secretary that has a Nobel prize?

I would kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

Hydrae
07-16-2010, 12:11 PM
BP you are my heroes. You only dumped 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Great job.

At least it didn't take 10 months to shut it down like with Ixtoc I in 1979 - 1980.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ixtoc_I_oil_spill

Calcountry
07-16-2010, 03:12 PM
well, it's a start.nice. ;:clap:

|Zach|
07-16-2010, 03:48 PM
Great, now we will get to hear how Obama "getting involved" (way too late in the game) solved the problem. You know, everything he touches turns to gold and all. I'm sure he will be on TV soon to take credit for it.

Pretty funny that someone would hear news of the oil into the gulf stopped and this was your first reaction.

Bwana
07-16-2010, 04:00 PM
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Oucho Cinco
07-16-2010, 04:11 PM
Fixed your picture.

bandwagonjumper
07-17-2010, 04:19 AM
I'm sure under president McCain BP would stoppet the minute it happened.LMAO
Honestly what could Obama have done differently. Its rather naive and particulary american the thought that the president can solve all the problems.

Oucho Cinco
07-18-2010, 07:30 PM
I'm sure under president McCain BP would stoppet the minute it happened.LMAO
Honestly what could Obama have done differently. Its rather naive and particulary american the thought that the president can solve all the problems.

It's been proven that Obama couldn't' have done anything, but he sure put up a false front trying to indicate that he was on top of it. I saw his response as a very weak. I don't think anyone could have done anything but the way it was handled could have been improved on by most anyone.

jiveturkey
07-18-2010, 07:58 PM
It's been proven that Obama couldn't' have done anything, but he sure put up a false front trying to indicate that he was on top of it. I saw his response as a very weak. I don't think anyone could have done anything but the way it was handled could have been improved on by most anyone.
That what I saw. He used a lot of tough words that couldn't amount to anything. It was really dumb and childish the way he did it.

He really should have said something along the lines of "this is really f'in terrible and we're going to do everything that we can to help BP get this fixed".

ClevelandBronco
07-18-2010, 08:25 PM
Seepage.

Saul Good
07-18-2010, 08:29 PM
Seepage.

Who's ass does Obama need to kick now?

Deberg_1990
07-18-2010, 08:35 PM
I'm sure under president McCain BP would stoppet the minute it happened.LMAO
Honestly what could Obama have done differently. Its rather naive and particulary american the thought that the president can solve all the problems.

Its the fact that he put himself out there in that presser in June. IM in Charge!!

WV
07-18-2010, 09:37 PM
I'm sure under president McCain BP would stoppet the minute it happened.LMAO
Honestly what could Obama have done differently. Its rather naive and particulary american the thought that the president can solve all the problems.
How about holding them more accountable? BP was after all drilling in American waters and the US Govt along with Barry just let them act of their own accord. Hell he wants to sue the State of Arizona in his own country to protect his future voters, but lets a British conglomerate dictate the pace on fixing a freaking oil gushing geyser in the gulf. Much more could have been done and while I'm not saying McCain would have done better, but Barry certainly didn't go out of his way to put the fear of God (oh wait) into BP.